Updated August 18, 2021
Average Leader Salary
$80,000 yearly
$38.93 hourly

Entry level Salary
$43,000 yearly
$43,000
10 %
$80,000
Median
$150,000
90 %
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PercentileascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly Rateascdesc
90th Percentile
$150,000
$12,500
$72
75th Percentile
$112,000
$9,333
$54
Average
$80,978
$6,748
$39
25th Percentile
$58,000
$4,833
$28
10th Percentile
$43,000
$3,583
$21

Average Leader Salary By State

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Leader average salary by State

StateascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdescJob Countascdesc
Alabama
$70,875
$34.07
Alaska
$113,792
$54.71
Arizona
$54,845
$26.37
Arkansas
$68,818
$33.09
California
$70,081
$33.69
Colorado
$63,034
$30.30
Connecticut
$107,270
$51.57
Delaware
$80,455
$38.68
District of Columbia
$78,143
$37.57
Florida
$70,947
$34.11
Georgia
$72,736
$34.97
Hawaii
$82,943
$39.88
Idaho
$46,328
$22.27
Illinois
$73,181
$35.18
Indiana
$67,217
$32.32
Iowa
$52,507
$25.24
Kansas
$53,168
$25.56
Kentucky
$66,985
$32.20
Louisiana
$72,185
$34.70
Maine
$84,853
$40.79
Maryland
$84,005
$40.39
Massachusetts
$90,376
$43.45
Michigan
$74,431
$35.78
Minnesota
$75,942
$36.51
Mississippi
$59,864
$28.78
Missouri
$61,127
$29.39
Montana
$45,708
$21.98
Nebraska
$53,793
$25.86
Nevada
$71,549
$34.40
New Hampshire
$82,280
$39.56
New Jersey
$102,026
$49.05
New Mexico
$72,047
$34.64
New York
$98,517
$47.36
North Carolina
$62,055
$29.83
North Dakota
$56,930
$27.37
Ohio
$79,894
$38.41
Oklahoma
$63,744
$30.65
Oregon
$51,670
$24.84
Pennsylvania
$70,119
$33.71
Rhode Island
$74,325
$35.73
South Carolina
$63,384
$30.47
South Dakota
$51,509
$24.76
Tennessee
$57,574
$27.68
Texas
$77,976
$37.49
Utah
$48,606
$23.37
Vermont
$68,944
$33.15
Virginia
$67,036
$32.23
Washington
$67,079
$32.25
West Virginia
$73,508
$35.34
Wisconsin
$71,440
$34.35
Wyoming
$65,947
$31.71

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Highest Paying Cities For Leader

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CityascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc
Jersey City, NJ
$105,194
$50.57
New York, NY
$101,582
$48.84
Boston, MA
$91,344
$43.92
Baltimore, MD
$85,138
$40.93
Houston, TX
$80,242
$38.58
Cincinnati, OH
$75,205
$36.16

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How much does a Leader make?

The average leader salary is $80,978 per year, or $38.93 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $43,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $150,000. As most things go, location can be critical. Alaska, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Massachusetts provide the highest leader salaries.

Average Leader Salary Over Time

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Location
    YearascdescAvg. salaryascdescHourly rateascdesc% Changeascdesc
    2021
    $81,000
    $38.93
    +2.6%
    2020
    $78,900
    $37.93
    +1.9%
    2019
    $77,400
    $37.23
    +2.5%
    2018
    $75,500
    $36.30
    +1.5%
    2017
    $74,400
    $35.77
    +1.5%

    Average JOB Salary by Field

    Operations Team Leader

    Avg. salary: $94,828

    An operations team leader is an individual who manages teams, encouraging cooperation, productivity, and teamwork. Operations team leaders foster team unity and enhance the daily efficiency of the companies or any business establishment. They manage a diverse workforce in companies to make sure that the organizational operations are efficient. Also, they implement programs and processes and oversee building maintenance. It is also their responsibility to manage mechanical and human resources and establish a team budget.
    122,877 Operations Team Leader Jobs
    Team Leader/Trainer

    Avg. salary: $78,267

    The team leader or the trainer primarily focuses on supporting the engineering team and is committed to fostering communication and leadership and giving training to the aspirants. Other duties include planning, executing, budgeting, monitoring, controlling, consulting, and collaborating with his/her /her teams.
    118,748 Team Leader/Trainer Jobs
    Recreation Leader

    Avg. salary: $26,092

    The primary role of recreation leaders is to encourage recreational and sporting activities in various settings such as schools, parks, and youth centers. Their job requires them to motivate others to work as a team member while also promoting good morals and sportsmanship. They develop recreational and sports programs best suited for their company's client base. Other duties also include advertising the availability of recreational activities, securing funding for special events and projects, and adhering to safety practices.
    20,046 Recreation Leader Jobs
    Activities Leader

    Avg. salary: $30,431

    An activity leader's main duty is to offer sports programs and exercises that are riveting in a positive manner. The activities typically assigned to leaders are the ones they understand for the smooth promotion and planning of events. Usually, hotel resorts and summer camps seasonally employ activity leaders to make time for different exercises throughout the year. Working as an activities leader can also be viewed as a way to practically enhance a person's teaching or coaching skills, leadership and communication skills, and marketing skills when it comes to publicizing upcoming events.
    20,855 Activities Leader Jobs
    Production Leader

    Avg. salary: $36,557

    A production leader usually works at a manufacturing plant or a similar setting. They are primarily responsible for overseeing all processing operations and workforce performance, ensuring efficiency and timeliness. They are also responsible for coordinating with personnel, producing progress reports, processing paperwork, delegating tasks, setting the budget and goals, evaluating performances, and even training new members of the workforce. Furthermore, as a leader, it is essential to implement all policies and regulations set by the company to maintain a productive and safe work environment for everyone.
    64,304 Production Leader Jobs
    Process Leader

    Avg. salary: $92,324

    A process leader is responsible for overseeing the operational processes of an organization to support business functions and client requirements. Process leaders evaluate the efficiency of workflow procedures, identifying inconsistencies, and revising processing techniques as needed to improve deliverables and maximize productivity. They also train new employees, share best practices, and address their difficulties by organizing a specific learning approach. A process leader must have excellent communication and organizational skills, such as writing progress reports and identifying opportunities that would drive revenue resources for the business.
    54,538 Process Leader Jobs
    Job TitleascdescAnnual SalaryascdescMonthly SalaryascdescHourly RateascdescJob Openingsascdesc
    Operations Team Leader
    $94,828
    $7,902
    $45.59
    122,877
    Team Leader/Trainer
    $78,268
    $6,522
    $37.63
    118,748
    Recreation Leader
    $26,093
    $2,174
    $12.54
    20,046
    Activities Leader
    $30,431
    $2,536
    $14.63
    20,855
    Production Leader
    $36,557
    $3,046
    $17.58
    64,304
    Process Leader
    $92,324
    $7,694
    $44.39
    54,538
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    Leader Salaries By Years Of Experience

    The salary for a leader can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Which Companies Pay Leaders The Most?

    If you want to get paid the most as a leader, being employed by a company such as Integra lifesciences or Philips Electronics North America would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like Genentech and Videojet Technologies also report highly competitive salaries for leaders.
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    Recently Added Leader Salaries

    Location
    CompanyascdescJobascdescLocationascdescDate AddedascdescSalaryascdesc
    Adobe
    Escalation Leader
    Escalation Leader
    Denver, CO
    08/31/2021
    $80,400
    08/31/2021
    Correctional Trades Leader
    Mount Pleasant, IA
    08/26/2021
    $48,547
    08/26/2021
    Stantec Inc.
    US Renewable Sector Leader
    US Renewable Sector Leader
    Colorado City, TX
    08/20/2021
    $99,500
    08/20/2021
    Facebook
    Global DEI Industry Leader
    Global DEI Industry Leader
    San Francisco, CA
    08/20/2021
    $219,000
    08/20/2021
    City of Seattle
    REC 'n The Streets REC Leader
    REC 'n The Streets REC Leader
    Seattle, WA
    08/19/2021
    $41,636
    08/19/2021
    Monarch Healthcare Management
    Corporate Nursing Leader
    Corporate Nursing Leader
    Duluth, MN
    08/18/2021
    $83,480
    08/18/2021
    Kelly Services
    MRO Commodities Initiatives Leader
    MRO Commodities Initiatives Leader
    Houston, TX
    08/18/2021
    $80,350
    08/18/2021
    Escalation Leader
    Portland, OR
    08/17/2021
    $80,400
    08/17/2021
    Escalation Leader
    Seattle, WA
    08/17/2021
    $80,400
    08/17/2021
    General Electric
    Commercial Lean Leader
    Commercial Lean Leader
    Atlanta, GA
    08/13/2021
    $125,000
    08/13/2021

    Average Leader Salary by Demographic

    Leader Gender Pay Gap

    male-income
    Male Income
    $84,275
    female-income
    Female Income
    $69,794
    Genderascdesc
    Incomeascdesc
    Male$84,275
    Female$69,794
    Median Leader Income by Race
    Asian leaders have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Black or african american leaders have the lowest average salary at $72,989.
    $85,000
    $68,000
    $51,000
    $34,000
    $17,000
    $0
    White
    Black or African American
    Asian
    Hispanic or Latino
    Ethnicityascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    White$80,112
    Black or African American$72,989
    Asian$80,195
    Hispanic or Latino$75,161
    Average Leader Salary by Education Level
    Leaders with a Masters degree earn more than those without, at $142,740 annually. With a Bachelors degree, leaders earn a median annual income of $116,176 compared to $95,708 for leaders with an Associate degree.
    $145,000
    $116,000
    $87,000
    $58,000
    $29,000
    $0
    High School Diploma or Less
    Master's Degree
    Bachelor's Degree
    Some College/ Associate Degree
    Educationascdesc
    Salaryascdesc
    High School Diploma or Less$84,275
    Master's Degree$142,740
    Bachelor's Degree$116,176
    Some College/ Associate Degree$95,708

    Leader FAQs

    What is the average salary of a boss?

    The average salary of a boss is $78,883 a year. However, this amount may vary from $17,000 to $149,674 a year. Factors such as location, company type, and years of experience impact how much you can make as a boss.

    Highest Paid Cities for Bosses:

    • Sunnyvale, CA - $90,168 a year ($43.35 an hour)

    • Santa Cruz, CA - $89,666 a year ($43.11 an hour)

    • Santa Rosa, CA - $87,256 a year ($41.95 an hour)

    • Williston, ND - $85,699 a year ($41.20 an hour)

    • Manhattan, NY - $85,473 a year ($41.09 an hour)

    • Barnstable Town, MA - $84,974 a year ($40.85 an hour)

    • Cambridge, MA - $84,518.a year ($40.63 an hour)

    • Arlington, VA - $83,940 a year ($40.36 an hour)

    • Dickinson, ND - $83,427 a year ($40.11 an hour)

    • Ketchikan, AK - $83,116 a year ($39.96 an hour)

    Types of Boss and Pay Rate:

    • Company Boss - $93,056 a year ($44.74 an hour)

    • Engine boss - $86,534 a year ($41.60 an hour)

    • Boss in engineering - $83,747 a year ($40.26 an hour)

    • Boss in models - $79,914 a year ($38.42 an hour)

    • Policy boss - $74,776 a year ($35.95 an hour)

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